In most cases, patients with mental disabilities must be evaluated by doctors and get approval from their legal guardians before a “Do Not Resuscitate” order is approved. InvestigateTV uncovered that doesn’t always happen. The result: when a patient has an emergency, medical staff are not allowed to intervene with potentially-life-saving treatments.
Sometimes a surgeon is the salesman. Across the country, there are physician-owned distributorships where doctors own part of a medical device company and then buy (or have their hospital buy) that hardware to use in their own surgeries.